Why Don't American Surgeons Perform Partial Resection of the Gastrocnemius Muscle?

Is it dangerous? What are the possible consequences?

Doctor Answers 2

Partial resection of gasstrocnemius

US surgeons rarely resect gastrocnemius muscle because it is an essential muscle for leg strength and motion.
Abroad, some surgeons destroy the nerve to the gastrocnemius - to make the muscle smaller.
This is rare in the USA< for the same reasons.

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Partial resection of Gastrocnemius muscle?

I am not familiar with partial resection of the gastrocnemius muscle.  Most patients who desire balance and  symmetry to the calf muscles  will usually augment rather than weaken or resect any of the calf muscles.   Always do your homework and follow the advice of your Plastic Surgeon.  If in doubt  get several opinions.


Good luck to you.


Frank Rieger M.D.  Tampa Plastic Surgeon

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